Sheila Checkoway's Profile

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Welcome to my Etsy shop for CHECKOWAYGLASS - where I design and make lampwork focal beads, bead sets and spacers for the creative jewelry-maker and crafter. At the flame I create a set of beads in a particular color palette, shape or design. Sets include enough beads for you to create an elaborate single piece of jewelry or for several coordinated pieces. You'll find that your price-per-bead makes my sets very affordable. My unique focal beads will be the highlight of your creation, or wear them alone as a statement.

My recent buyers are leaving complimentary feedback. Take a look at http://www.etsy.com/feedback_public.php?user_id=8977476 Thank you.

- Sheila Checkoway
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ABOUT MY BEADS: All glass beads are handmade in the…

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  • Born on May 27
  • Joined January 7, 2010

Favorite materials

glass, metal, foils, frits, shards

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CheckowayGlass
Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads for Jewelry...

About

Welcome to my Etsy shop for CHECKOWAYGLASS - where I design and make lampwork focal beads, bead sets and spacers for the creative jewelry-maker and crafter. At the flame I create a set of beads in a particular color palette, shape or design. Sets include enough beads for you to create an elaborate single piece of jewelry or for several coordinated pieces. You'll find that your price-per-bead makes my sets very affordable. My unique focal beads will be the highlight of your creation, or wear them alone as a statement.

My recent buyers are leaving complimentary feedback. Take a look at http://www.etsy.com/feedback_public.php?user_id=8977476 Thank you.

- Sheila Checkoway
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ABOUT MY BEADS: All glass beads are handmade in the studio using traditional lampwork techniques. I use soft soda lime glass COE 104 Effrete/Moretti, CIM, Vetrofond, Precision, Lauscha, Reichenbach – along with metals, foils, frits, and shards.

The centuries-old lampwork technique involves melting glass in the flame, manipulating it onto the mandrel, and determining shape, color combinations, and design. Each bead is a unique work of art even when it’s part of a series.

All beads are kiln-annealed (cooled slowly in the kiln to realign the molecules) to assure stability, strength and durability of the finished cleaned bead. I use 3/32" mandrels which create a 2.3 mm hole in the bead unless otherwise specified.

PHOTO QUALITY: The color quality in photos can vary with different computer monitors. I’ll do my best in the descriptions so you’ll know what they actually look like.

PACKAGING: Each item you order is packaged in a gauze draw-string bag and shipped with care and speed. All work is guaranteed. Please contact me if you have any questions.

CUSTOM ORDERS: Got an idea you need help with? I welcome custom orders! Contact me and we can collaborate in turning your vision into a reality. See a bead you like but don’t make jewelry? I can easily turn it into something special for you.

ABOUT ME: I am a member of Bead Designers International, The New England Bead Society, and International Society of Glass Beadmakers – Boston Chapter. I am a member of the group Self-Representating Artists (SRA #C-120), which insures that the beads being sold are made by the artist.
http://www.self-representing-artist.com/index.htm.

And you can become a Facebook fan of CheckowayGlass - learn about my sales, see stories of my glass bead inspirations.

Visit my shop often – I post new items frequently. And share CheckowayGlass.etsy.com with your friends! Thank you.

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HOW DID I 'FALL' INTO GLASS?

Glass and fire have fascinated me for as long as I can remember, back to a childhood trip to Colonial Jamestown where I watched in awe as the glass blowers created beautiful objects. Decades later I set out on a “glass odyssey,” which began as a road trip through several states. I observed a glass blower in Connecticut; watched artists intricately cutting glass in New Jersey; spent hours mesmerized by the experts at Corning, and even tried my hand at glass blowing. I ended the trip at Wheaton Village where I made a paperweight. With only wet newspaper between my hand and the cooling molten glass, I was hooked. Later my odyssey took me to Venice, then on to classes in sandcasting, slumping, fusing and lampwork.

I spent several years sandcasting large pieces in clear glass. But when I tried lampwork, the intimacy of the flame and the intricacy of molten colored glass gave me a new appreciation and love of the process. I continue my learning of new techniques and create new designs.

Inspiration comes to me from nature and organic materials: the sea, mountains, stone, canyons, sky, rusting metals, archeological structures, textures.

My studio is at Diablo Glass School in Boston where I work among the contagious energy of glass-making friends. I’ve met a wonderful cadre of lampworkers – folks who share their knowledge and expertise willingly and enthusiastically. And I teach glass bead classes at Diablo - consider taking a class if you're in the greater Boston area.

Now I am eager to share my work with creative jewelry makers through Etsy.

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